WILLIAM YQK" HTJMBOLBT. §19 leisure, time, and no compulsion forces a positive application of it, much, time would be lost." Under such, auspices, Humboldt entered upon Ms diplomatic career. He was made a chamberlain, and was appointed privy councillor of legation, and resi- dent minister at the papal court, and departed for his post, in the autumn of 1802, accompanied by his whole family. But he did not depart without having taken leave of the friends of his heart. In Halle he visited Wolf; in Weimar, Goethe and Schiller. He also took with him a young philologian. Dr. Biemer, as tutor to his children. He did not then imagine that he should not see Schiller again, for the latter was now afc the zenith of his activity. The friends conversed much of Borne, and Schiller imparted to him a plan for a history of Borne, which he was deferring to days when the poetic inspiration might perhaps have left him. Filled with such impressions and ideas, Humboldt with his family crossed the Alps.